Arzopa S1 Table Review: Portable 1080p IPS Monitor

The Arzopa S1 Table is a 15.6" 1080p IPS portable monitor with an affordable price.

Bottom Line

The Arzopa S1 Table is an affordable 15.6″ 1080p IPS portable monitor – it’s an excellent budget option for everyday use. However, due to its low refresh rate, it’s not ideal for gamers, while its narrow sRGB color space coverage makes it unsuitable for professional color-critical work.

Design:
(4.0)
Display:
(4.0)
Performance:
(4.0)
Price/Value:
(4.5)
4.1

The Arzopa S1 Table is one of the most popular portable monitors thanks to its lightweight 15.6″ 1080p IPS screen, decent connectivity options and affordable price! Let’s see how it performs in our tests!

Image Quality

The monitor uses a 15.6″ 1920×1080 IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which means that the image will remain consistent at basically any angle.

Further, the 1080p resolution on such a small screen provides you with a high pixel density of roughly 140 PPI (pixels per inch). So, you will get incredibly sharp text and details – similar to that of 32″ 4K monitors.

By default, Windows recommends 150% scaling, which will increase UI size at the cost of screen real estate. Text and details are crystal-clear with scaling, but we find that 100% scaling is also usable and you get more screen space. Here’s how the image looks at different scaling options.

Next, we’ll test the monitor’s brightness, contrast, color temperature, gamma and color accuracy. We’re using the Datacolor SpyderX Pro colorimeter and DisplayCAL software for our tests.

Arzopa S1 Table Calibration

We measured a maximum brightness of 269-nits, which means that the screen can get bright enough under normal lighting conditions.

Further, it has a low minimum brightness of 40-nits, so it can get dim enough for a comfortable viewing experience in dark rooms too!

The measured static contrast ratio amounts to 1333:1, as expected from IPS panel displays, which usually have a contrast ratio of around 1000:1.

Brightness Chart
Contrast Ratio Chart

Still, blacks aren’t as deep as that of VA panels (typically 3000:1), but these panels suffer from inferior viewing angles, which is why most portable monitors use IPS technology.

Sadly, the monitor’s color gamut is subpar with only 63% sRGB color space coverage. In comparison to the standard 100% sRGB displays, the image of the S1 Table is undersaturated and lacks vibrancy.

Arzopa S1 Table Color Gamut

However, the image still looks decent overall for everyday use.

sRGB Color Gamut Volume Chart
Color Accuracy Chart

Due to the narrow color gamut, the colors cannot be accurate, resulting in a high average Delta E of 4.73 (≤ 1.5 target) and a maximum Delta E of 22.35 (≤ 3 target).

Therefore, we don’t recommend the Arzopa S1 Table portable monitor for color-critical work.

Arzopa S1 Table Out of the box
Image accuracy out of the box (Standard preset)

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you’ll find several picture modes under the “ECO” setting: Standard, PCM, Disp Latency, Movie, Game and Text.

There’s no big difference in image accuracy between these modes, so we recommend sticking with the default Standard mode as it’s the most accurate.

The Disp Latency mode is the only mode with a significantly different image due to its wacky gamma performance (too high with dark grays, too low with light grays).

We assumed this mode might be intended for gaming and offer lower display latency, but we actually measured higher latency (21.99ms) than in the Standard mode (8.73ms).

Moving on, the Standard mode has a color temperature of 6700K (6500K target), so there’s only a minor blue tint to the whitepoint, but it’s negligible.

Gamma performance is decent, but it’s a bit too low (2.02 average instead of 2.2), so bright scenes will be a bit darker than intended.

Arzopa S1 Table After Calibration
Image accuracy after calibration

In the User color temperature mode, we reduced the blue color gain to 49 and left red and green at default 50 to get a color temperature of 6544K. Note that the User and sRGB color temperature modes have the same results by default, the other two modes are Warm (6000K measured) and Cool (7765K measured).

Further, using DisplayCAL, we created a correction profile that improved the gamma performance to 2.18. However, due to the monitor’s limited color gamut, the maximum Delta E is still too high at 14.89, while the average Delta E is 2.73.

You can download our ICC profile here.

Arzopa S1 Table Brightness Uniformity
Brightness uniformity

We also tested brightness uniformity – the image is a bit darker at the bottom of the screen (up to ~12%), but this is within expectation and not noticeable during real use.

Next, we didn’t detect any dead or stuck pixels, frame skipping, excessive IPS glow or backlight bleeding. However, Lagom’s pixel inversion patterns 1 and 3 produced minor flickering (more noticeable at higher brightness levels). We didn’t detect any pixel inversion or flickering during everyday use though.

Arzopa S1 Table Quality Control

When doing Blur Buster’s UFO ghosting test for a few minutes, the flickering sequence would remain visible on dark backgrounds for some time, but it would disappear after playing regular content. We didn’t run into this issue during everyday use either.

Performance

Arzopa S1 Table OSRTT Response Time Test

For pixel response time speed and input lag testing, we’re using OSRTT. We’re also using Blur Buster’s UFO ghosting test with 960 Pixels Per Sec, shutter speed set to 1/4 of the refresh rate with fixed focus, ISO and color temperature (6500K). Before the tests, the monitor was calibrated and warmed up.

The Arzopa S1 Table has a low 60Hz refresh rate, so it won’t appeal to many gamers. However, at least it has a low display latency of 8.73ms, so you won’t be able to notice any delay between your actions and the result on the screen.

Arzopa S1 Table Input Lag
Display Lag Chart
60Hz Display Lag Chart

Next, the monitor has a slow pixel response time speed of 19.35ms GtG average, mainly because it lacks overdrive, which could improve the performance a bit.

Arzopa S1 Table Response Time Performance

Luckily, most transitions are close to the 16.67ms refresh window, so there’s only minor trailing visible behind fast-moving objects. The good news is that there’s no dark-level smearing. Therefore, you can enjoy games on this portable monitor as long as you’re not bothered by the choppy 60Hz refresh rate.

Response Time Speed Chart

Here’s how the motion performance compares in Blur Busters’ UFO ghosting test against the faster KTC H24T09P at 60Hz and 165Hz.

Arzopa Portable Monitor Motion

Variable refresh rate is not supported.

The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free and there’s a low-blue light mode (four levels) under Misc. settings in the OSD menu.

Features

On the left side of the monitor, there are two buttons and a volume rocker. The top button powers on/off the display when holding it for 3 seconds. When the display is on, it’s used to change the input source. Automatic input detection is supported too.

Pressing the top volume rocker button opens up the brightness adjustment shortcut, while pressing the bottom one opens the audio volume setting shortcut.

Finally, the bottom button opens up the OSD menu. To navigate it, you use the volume rocker and the OSD button as ‘select’ and the power button as ‘return’.

The Arzopa S1 Table also supports DDC/CI, meaning that you can use third-party applications such as ControlMyMonitor to make OSD adjustments.

Arzopa S1 Table DDC CI

Adjustable settings include brightness, contrast, sharpness, various picture presets, DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio, we recommended leaving it disabled), color temperature, language, OSD (position, transparency and timer), aspect ratio (wide and 4:3), low-blue light, audio volume, mute and reset (to factory defaults).

The Arzopa S1 Table also supports HDR.

Maximum HDR Brightness Chart

However, while it can accept the HDR10 signal, it lacks display hardware for a proper HDR viewing experience. Due to its low contrast ratio, low brightness (we measured a maximum of 220-nits in HDR mode) and narrow color gamut, we recommend disabling HDR.

Design & Connectivity

The Arzopa S1 Table has a very slim design with an ~8mm (0.3″) screen profile, 4mm (0.15″) thin bezels and a bit thicker bottom bezel at 20mm (0.8″). It’s also lightweight, weighing only 771g (1.7 lbs).

Further, the screen has a light matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections without adding noticeable graininess.

Arzopa Portable Monitor Stand Install

The magnetic stand serves as a protective cover while on the go, and easily folds into the stand in three quick moves. There are two rubber feet on the bottom of the screen for added sturdiness.

In the box, along with the screen and the magnetic stand, you also get a user guide, a warranty card and cables (mini-HDMI to HDMI, USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A). Depending on the retailer, you may also get a wall charger.

If you have a device (laptop or smartphone, for instance) with a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alternate Mode and Power Delivery, you can connect it to the monitor via just one USB-C cable.

Otherwise, you can use a USB-C to USB-A cable to power the device (connect it either to the device or to a 15W or higher wall charger), and the mini-HDMI to HDMI cable for video/audio.

Connectivity options include mini-HDMI, one USB-C port with both DP Alt Mode and power delivery, and one USB-C port with power delivery only. There are also two 1W integrated speakers. There’s no headphone jack.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Arzopa S1 Table can be found for as low as $70, which makes it one of the most affordable portable monitors. For gaming, we recommend getting the Arzopa Z1FC model with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 16.1″ 1080p IPS screen for $120.

If you want a portable monitor fit for color-critical work, we recommend checking out the Innocn A1F with an OLED panel.

Conclusion

Arzopa S1 Table DisplayNinja Review

Overall, the Arzopa S1 Table is a decent portable monitor for the price.

Whether you need a lightweight display to take on the go with your smartphone, laptop or console – or you just want a small secondary display for your PC, the S1 Table is a great budget option.

For gaming or color-critical work, you should invest in something a bit better.

Specifications

Screen Size15.6-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time (GtG)Not specified
Speakers2x1W
PortsMini-HDMI, USB-C
Other PortsUSB-C
Brightness300 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (8-bit)

The Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • High pixel density for sharp text and details; low input lag
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Decent connectivity options

The Cons:

  • No headphone jack
  • Low sRGB color space coverage

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Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.